JACKSON — The Confederate battle emblem should remain on the Mississippi flag because it honors ancestors who fought for the South in the Civil War, a brother of former Gov. Haley Barbour told about 40 supporters of the state banner at a rally Monday outside the state Capitol.
“They were fighting for the freedom of the South not to get bossed around by a bunch of Yankees,” Jeppie Barbour told reporters after he spoke on the Capitol steps.
About 40 people — all of them white — participated in the rally. As a bagpiper played “Dixie,” several Mississippi banners or freestanding rebel flags fluttered in breezes that brought little relief on a hot, muggy day. One man wore a T-shirt with a rebel flag and the slogan: “Fighting terrorism since 1861.” Another carried a large Confederate battle flag emblazoned with the slogan: “I ain’t coming down.”